Van Trump Creek in Rainier National Park

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Van Trump Creek located on the Rainier National Park near Christine Falls.  The trail that follows Van Trump creek contains numerous falls but the most spectacular is the three tier Bloucher Falls, followed by 392 foot Comet falls at about 1.8 miles up the trail. The parking lot is small so arrive early if you want to spot to park. Additionaly you need either a National Park Pass, A Mount Rainier Pass or a day pass to access this area so bring the appropriate currency to barter your way into the park.  

First Falls on Van Trump Creek

The first falls you encounter on the trail is located just above a foot bridge, which in of itself is an amazing engineering design.  The small falls represents most of Van Trump creek in terms of small water falls plunging into deep pools surrounded by steep cliffs.  Unfortunately this is possibly one of the fee accessible locations you can photograph unless you bring a climbing harness and gear.  

First Falls on Van Trump Creek
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Blouchard Falls

After hiking for about 1.8 miles your reach Blouchard Falls.  This is a three step falls that arguably is just as amazing as comet falls.  There is a small single log foot bridge here and from the bridge you have an amazing view of the falls.  I would of stayed and took more pictures here but the lighting was a real challenge.  

Blouchard Falls
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Comet Falls

This is comet Falls.  It is amazing but I definitely will be revisiting this place in better light.  You get pretty wet next to the falls as there is a lot of water vapor that is produced as a result of the extreme height.  

Comet Falls
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Comet Falls Rainbow

Of course on a bright sunny day, you can catch a rainbow too.  A side benefit of shooting during the middle of the day.  

Comet Falls Rainbow
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